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A Level: Computer Science at Rawlins Academy

Course description

At its heart lies the notion of computational thinking: a mode of thought that goes well beyond software and hardware, and that provides a framework within which to reason about systems and problems.” (CAS-Computer Science a Curriculum for Schools). Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. This course will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine Learners will develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions. The project approach is a vital component of ‘post-school’ life and is of particular relevance to Further Education, Higher Education and the workplace. Each learner is able to tailor their project to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations. intelligence. The A Level course consists of 2 question and answer papers worth 40% each of the total A level. The final unit is a non-exam assessment where the learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. They will complete the following; analysis of the problem, design of the solution, developing the solution, Evaluation. This course is aimed at students wanting a specialist computing qualification prior to studying computer science or a similar degree and demands fairly high levels of logic or mathematical ability.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements.  Grade C in GCSE Mathematics and a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE Computing.


Portfolio of Evidence - Practical Examination, Written Examination

Future opportunities

Computing is a practical subject which will serve you well if you’re looking to follow a similarly practical subject while at University. You will have learnt how to approach problem solving in a methodical way, and this means that you will be able to apply these skills at University or if you choose to apply for a job. Degree subjects that you may want to apply for include engineering, computer science, or even combining one of these with another subject.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 January 2018
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